The tip of a very large iceberg

A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local Tea Party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

He's going to get off with a clean record if he stays out of trouble for two years, something that should be fairly easy for a chief of police. What concerns me here is not so much the harm to the victim, which seems minor, but the motivation (presumably political advantage) and the abuse of police databases to obtain the information necessary.

We trust individual police officers with all kinds of otherwise-secret information and authority. For a rank and file officer to abuse the privilege is common enough but always a matter for serious concern; to have a chief of police, who is supposed to set an example of ethical conduct for his subordinates, abuse personal information for political gain suggests that the problem is far larger than it appears on the surface.

This is not an isolated incident. It is part of a pattern.

This entry was published Mon Jul 28 18:44:34 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-07-26 00:34:44.0. [Tweet]

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